All-out Battle of Brains and Brawn at 2018’s Amazing Investment Race

Written by Migs Caparas / Photos by Samn Mercado

This year’s movie-themed Amazing Investment Race had been one of the most awaited events of MEcO. MEcOnistas and other Business Cluster organization members were invited for a night of survival of the fittest. Pumped with adrenaline and a winning cash prize, the participants were ready to show their competitors what it takes to be AIR’s champion. 

Participants cluelessly stood in one of the halls of the grade school area, only to be startled by sudden greeting of darkness as the lights went off in the already dimly lit area. Complete darkness spawned light in the form of Jigsaw, the horrible villain from the SAW series.In complete apathy and no sign of remorse, Jigsaw denounced the freedom of the participants. Unless…they successfully go through all the movie-themed stations of this year’s Amazing Investment Race!

AIR 2018 8Scared as they are at first, the participants surely forgot about Jigsaw’s threats, as his stations were full of nothing but fun!

After a short briefing, participants stood at the start line as they counted to zero. Neither of them knew what lies ahead. All they knew was that they are about to enter into some trouble. 

So, the games began. 

AIR 2018 10Rocky’s Workout pits participants in one of Rocky Balboa’s GRUELING exercise routine!

AIR 2018 11Shoot Troy’s hoops while hitting Gabriella’s notes in High School Musical

AIR 2018 12Find the Dino Eggs while acting like a T-Rex in Jurassic Park.

AIR 2018 13Test your Running skills in Mission Impossible!

AIR 2018 14Get down and dirty in the Bug’s life!

AIR 2018 6Do not forget to breathe in the Jackpot Heist.

AIR 2018 7Test your Beer Pong skills in Drinking Buddies!

air 2018 5Be quick or else the zombie will catch up you!

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By completing stations, participants won money. This money needed to be invested in the harder stations, in light of Jigsaws sadistic nature—they won more money if their competitors fail to complete these stations.

AIR 2018 3Ronnie the Bear can render teams frozen for five minutes if he manages to tag at least one teammate.

All of the Participants poured their bodies and minds out as they endured through the stations and thought through their investing strategies. However, only one team can come out on top. This year’s AIR champions are no other than this group right right here…

AIR 2018 2TEAM DUNCAN!

That concludes this year’s Amazing Investment Race where the battle is always a perfect mix of brains and brawn! Tune in next for the years to come for more action-packed and stocks-filled Amazing Races!

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I guess we are all out of popcorn after that Amazing Investment Race! MEcOnistas were not only able to take a break from school and org work, they were also able to express their skills, strengths, and creativity. Most importantly, no only did this year’s AIR get us on our feet and taught us the fundamentals of investing, it also took us back to movies we all know and love! 

Meet the Executive Board 1718!

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The Bulletin team had the chance to catch up with this year’s executive board members. It had been a journey working with these people for an entire year. We got to see how they are in a serious setting and how they are when they’re just out there taking a break from all the work. The EB members were not just someone we looked up to, but they are also someone we shared numerous fun memories with.

Check out the EB member’s interview for Bulletin’s Humans of MEcO!

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What’s one thing you’ll miss about MEcO and the Ateneo in general?

Bea Ladaban: The people, my blockmates, my friends and all the BOYS! Also the girls I didn’t know I was going to be friends with. I will also miss how projects are built from ground up and how people grow through MEcO. It makes me glad knowing that I can call people from MEcO every time I get sad!

Drew: It’s going to be the little things! The spontaneous lunch-outs and dinner-outs! I will also miss all of my batchmates even those whom I only spent little time with. Even those who shifted out of the course.

Bea Chua: The MEcO room! It makes me comfortable knowing that if ever I had no one to be with, I can always just go to the MEcO room. The MEcO room made me feel that blocks are irrelevant because in the MEcO room, it felt like everybody were blockmates.

Jat Caintic: I’m gonna miss the people. In MEcO it’s every year that I meet someone new, and I’ll miss that.

Ronnie Estrelles: The eagerness to wake up early everyday to go to school to see the people inside the MEcO room is what I’ll miss the most. Whenever I get stressed out, I remember the MEcO family who are there to back me up. 

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As someone who leads the organization, what are the most important values that a leader should demonstrate/possess?

Pao Rosete: I think [it’s] patience. Everything you plan for doesn’t really work as well as you really imagined it to be. So, having a long patience – a very long patience – gives you an edge, because you get to think and calm yourself down.

Doty Palafox: ..for me, I think, what I also leaned with working with Pao and the other machine members, what matters in comdev is agility – really agility to each the vision you’re trying to reach, na hindi pilit. So you have to gauge how much, ‘yung co-owndership ng community and ng mga tao na you’re asking to work with and work for you.

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What is investing to you?

Jason Gusilatar: Investing is seeing your future in one thing. It’s paying its value now because you believe it’s going to worth more in the future.

Daisie Zeng: I don’t speak that much of what they call the “InStrat” language. So I won’t give a stock related answer or something likewise. As the AVP of the department, investing for me is all about developing people, seeing their potential and giving them the avenue to work it out for their growth and the organization’s growth, generally speaking.

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What do you hope to see in MEcO in the future?

Dyan Yu: I hope it’s still a family like it always is, a place where you have people to lean on. I hope that no matter what, the bond’s still there.

Danica Cabangon: Girl power because we can! I hope it happens in next year’s Top 5.

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Can you name an event or person that made a tremendous impact on you as a department head?

Issa: One of it was during my freshman year when I was part of Freshly Baked. Although I was the creatives head, I felt like I did so much more than my position with the guidance of our project heads and FM OICs. My OICs namely Ivic, Joel, and PB were very hands on and “maalaga” since we were freshmen. they were the ones who inspired me to immerse myself more in the org. I got to work with my fellow freshmen and saw that MEco had so much to offer. I also hyped Mon up to go to projects!

Mon: Issa. She was encouraging me to be more active in MEcO. She urged me to run and do more for the Communications Department. Now I’m here.

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What was the most difficult thing you encountered as a leader in MEcO?

Enzo Abastillas: The most difficult situation I experienced was during my first active year in MEcO where I was the Project Head of MEcOffers formerly known as Rent-A-Tent. We were lacking manpower, but thankfully, I had my FMily’s support!

Patricia Velasco: Probably the most difficult thing would be overseeing everything that’s happening within a department. There comes a time when everything gets so overwhelming because there are so many things happening at the same time and it does get quite stressful. But I always remember to keep calm, breathe, and take a bit of time to collect myself whenever work gets heavy.

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How was working together as the VP and AVP of CorRel?

JED: It was challenging yet very fulfilling, and I wouldn’t and couldn’t have done it with anybody else.

NACHO: Working with Jed has been a very exciting experience! Being with someone who has a unique insight really helped me grow not only in MEcO but also as a leader.

Community Development DevSeries: Invest in You

Article by Julian Uy / Photos by Mark Anastacio

ComDev DevSeries is a project under the HR Department of MEcO in partnership with the Community Development Department. Its goal is to impart the value of financial literacy with personal finance at its core. To be well-versed in the fundamentals of such concepts such as passive-active income and financial life stages is the goal of this project.

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The team invited a very successful entrepreneur as a speaker to help achieve that goal. This speaker has made numerous achievements to his name. Graduating from Ateneo with a Bachelor’s degree in management and a masters in Entrepreneurship from the Asian Institute of Management, Sir Vince had no shortage of talent. Even at a young age, Vince had represented the Philippines in the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program and in the Global Youth leadership program in Japan. He also founded SEDPI, a social organization that caters to low-income OFWs and is established in many countries.

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Suffice it to say, Sir Vince was more than qualified in attempting to extract the hidden potential of each and every young mind that lent their ears to him.

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During the talk, Sir Vince talked about three major points. He talked about passive and active income, financial life stages and more importantly, to invest in oneself. By weaving his words and connecting them purposefully, he enticed his listeners to not only dream about the future, but to chase after it and eventually attain it. He regaled possible futures where we could be retired as early as mid-30’s or being able to traverse different parts of the globe, seeing many wonders as one goes. He emphasized that to attain this we would need to start investing somewhere and the first and utmost important thing to invest in would be in oneself. To invest in oneself is to have a dream and to be committed to it and making it the end goal of your life. Having an end goal in life that you desire would drive one far beyond the point mundane motivations can take you.

It was in this that listeners were made to think about what they really wanted, and if a speaker can make his audience think, even for a minute, then he would have achieved his purpose.

Dev series started strong with an ambitious speaker. Indeed DevSeries had set high hopes and expectations for today’s generation as they will be the hope of the future.